Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents

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Permethrin-treated clothing and outdoor gear is your first line of defense against insects.

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About Sawyer

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered one of the most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries — everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.

Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents

Effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and mites for up to 6 weeks

For use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent not only repels insects, it actually kill mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects on contact. Odorless after drying, Permethrin will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your gear.

Use Permethrin on clothing by itself or with skin-applied repellents to create the ultimate protective, armor-like insect barrier.

  • Effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.
  • Single application lasts up to 42 days of sun exposure, or 6 washings.
  • 24-ounce pump spray treats up to 4 complete outfits (12-ounce pump treats up to 2 outfits).
  • 18-ounce aerosol spray treats up to 2 complete outfits (9-ounce aerosol treats 1 outfit).
  • A complete outfit consists of a shirt, pants, and pair of socks, and each garment needs 3 ounces of Permethrin to be effective.
  • Synthetic version of pyrethrum (a natural insecticide derived from chrysanthemum flower), repellent has been treating uniforms for the U.S. and Canadian militaries for almost 30 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Permethrin Work?

Permethrin is applied to clothing and outdoor gear material, bonding to the fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks (42 days) or 6 washings. When a tick, mosquito, or other insect comes into contact with Permethrin, it absorbs a dose that will either repel or kill the insect. Applied to clothing, tents, outdoor furniture, or sleeping bags, Permethrin is very effective at reducing the mosquito population in your camping area and keeping ticks from attaching to you.

Sawyer Permethrin uses the same active ingredient found in hair shampoos for head lice. However, because your skin breaks down Permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact, it’s not useful as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin.

Permethrin-treated clothing and fabric should be your first line of defense, and it can be used in conjunction with a topical skin-based repellent such as Sawyer’s Picaridin, Maxi Deet, and Ultra30 products.

What Can I Treat with Permethrin?

In addition to clothing and accessories like hats and waders, Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent is ideal for treating backpacks, tents, camp furniture, hammocks, mosquito netting, luggage, and even bed sheets. Since mosquitoes are better hoppers than flyers, adding more Permethrin-treated landing surfaces around you will improve your protection.

Permethrin is compatible for use even on fragile fabrics such as silk, plus all synthetics and waterproof membrane fabrics (won’t affect plastics or finishes). While Permethrin is safe and compatible with almost all fabrics, it has an easier time bonding to soft fabrics like cottons, wools, and synthetic blends.

Permethrin Tips & Tricks

  • For optimal protection, apply a topical repellent to exposed skin.
  • Hand wash and air dry to preserve application. Select gentle wash and dry cycles.
  • Store garments in dark plastic bags between uses to help preserve application.
  • For luggage, spray inside your bags when you travel to avoid transporting insects back home.
  • Do not expose cats to wet Permethrin (dried Permethrin-treated fabric has no effect).

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How Do I Apply Permethrin Safely?

Sawyer recommends that you treat clothing and gear with Permethrin outdoors in a well ventilated area. If the treatment is accidentally carried out indoors, no adverse health effects are expected based upon calculations of inhaled dose. However, individuals with breathing problems, such as asthma, may be at greater risk. The odor arising from treating fabric with Permethrin is mostly from the aerosol propellants rather than from the insect repellent itself.

To apply, lightly moisten the fabric of the garment with a slow sweeping motion, keeping the bottle about 6 to 8 inches away and treating each side of the garment for about 30 seconds. Sawyer Permethrin should not be added to a washing machine for treatment — it should be sprayed directly onto clothing and gear.

Can I Use Permethrin on My Dog?

Yes, Sawyer Permethrin can be applied to dogs. It safely bonds with dog’s hair and penetrates the skin to help control mosquitoes, fleas, ticks (including ticks that can carry Lyme disease, Powassan, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and lice for up to 35 days. To apply, start spraying at the tail, moving the dispenser rapidly to cover entire body (including the legs and underbody).

While spraying, fluff hair so that the spray will penetrate to the skin. Make sure spray wets thoroughly, but do not saturate. Do not spray into eyes and face. Avoid contact with genitalia. Wear rubber gloves or mitts when applying. Do not use on puppies under twelve weeks. Consult a veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, medicated, aged, pregnant or nursing animals.

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Picaridin Maxi-DEET Ultra30 Liposome / DEET Premium Controlled Release Permethrin
Usage Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin & Clothing) Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin) Clothing, Tents, and Gear
Active Ingredient 20% Picaridin 98% DEET 30% DEET 20% DEET 0.5% Permethrin
Application Formats Spray Pump, Spray & Lotion Spray Pump & Spray Lotion Lotion Spray Pump & Aerosol
Mosquito & Tick Protection Up to 14 hours (lotion); up to 12 hours (spray) Up to 10 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 6 weeks sprayed on clothing (or 6 washings)
Protection from Other Insects Biting flies, stable flies, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and chiggers Chiggers, fleas, and gnats Flies
Sweat Resistant
Great for Areas of High Bug Density
Great for Hunting & Fishing
Great for the Whole Family
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